The Argyle Holiday Playlist

Amy’s Pick
Amy Forrest
That Spirit of Christmas by Chuck Brown and Eva Cassidy

First- The song was in the best holiday movie, Christmas Vacation. Second- It talks about living the love and spirit of Christmas year round. We can all agree that there’s never enough love in the world.

Angelika’s Pick
Angelika Bagalay
Andy Williams’ It’s the Most Wonderful time of the Year

Sends me a giddy feeling of knowing Holiday season is just around the corner! The cold weather that gives me finally a chance to wear my favorite sweater, Christmas playlists from our neighborhood that keeps me up early in Sunday morning, endless gatherings with my family and friends; A reminder to me to be always grateful and thankful for all the blessings that come my way and to look forward for another exciting new year – a wonderful time of the year, indeed.

Bianca’s Pick
Bianca Conchas
I just want to love you by Stanley Clarke, George Duke

Our family loves jazz music we dance to this song after we open our gifts at midnight of Christmas eve.
The jazz vibe will just continue to play while our family celebrates Christmas.

Clarissa’s Pick
Clarissa Garcia
The Nutcracker & Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies

Because my Christmas song list is dominated by local versions, I opted for these two instead. As a child, there were recurring morning cartoon movies on the local channels starting around mid-November and ramping up during Christmas time. These two became familiar as background music being used during several scenes — one time, even as leitmotif — probably because they were in the public domain. These pieces remind me of my child-self, waking up earlier than normal because it’s “MOVIE CARTOON TIME!”. It’s November and the weather is cooling down. My brother is sitting beside me to watch and my mom, often busy with Mom Things, would often join us on her breaks. A perfect snapshot of a time when everything was uncomplicated and the worst thing that could happen was me sleeping in, missing the earlier parts of a movie that I could watch again next year.

Diana’s Pick
Diana Frank
Oh, Tannenbaum - German song

My parents were German and that’s the song we always sang before opening the presents!!!

Dierdre’s Pick
Dierdre Qualls
This Christmas by Donnie Hathaway

One of my favorites because it brings up the best childhood memories. Every year, when my family would buy our tree, my grandpa would play this song as we decorated it. Also, What’s This? From Nightmare before Christmas because it’s my favorite holiday movie and you can’t help but get the song stuck in your head for hours after you watch it.

Donna’s Pick
Donna Allegra
Little Saint Nick by the Beach Boys

Oh come on… who doesn’t think of a surfin’ Santa when they hear that song? It’s a feel good, sweet song that just immediately makes me smile and gets me in the holiday spirit.

Iain’s Pick
Iain Poole
Silent Night

This is the most special carol of the season. Its quiet beauty fills me with both joy and a sense of melancholy as I consider the history of this song that paused a war, when in 1914 a German Officer sang Silent Night, and in doing so encouraged an exchange of songs and greetings between opposing soldiers in the midst of the First World War.

Jamie’s Pick
Jamie Rosseditt Garcesa
Jonny Greenwood’s “Spencer"

The melody makes me feel embraced by a fluffy sweater with smores and hot choco on the side ready to devour! 😋

Javier’s Pick
Javier Jimenez
Jingle Bells – The Brian Setzer Orchestra

I particularly like this version of a traditional song because it brings a Rockabilly style that makes you want to get up and dance.

Jennifer’s Pick
Jennifer De Guzman
A Beautiful Day by India.Arie

This may not be a Holiday song but this is my happy song. My “Good Morning” anthem and my reminder to be grateful for everything and make every day beautiful as it should be. This song really inspires me, it goes deep in the soul and turns the light on. 💗

Jennifer’s Pick
Jennifer Cooney
Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas?

I always stop and listen to this song because it inspires me to look for ways to make a positive impact, especially during this season of giving. I also remember when the song was first released as a kid and trying to figure out all the different voices. I was obsessed with Duran Duran! I always stop and listen to this song because it inspires me to look for ways to make a positive impact, especially during this season of giving. I also remember when the song was first released as a kid and trying to figure out all the different voices. I was obsessed with Duran Duran!

Jennilyn’s Pick
Jennilyn Castillo
Once Upon a December (OST Anastasia)

Reminds me of a long due reunion of being with people you love. My sister and her family were not able to come home for more than 6 years now. Now, due to the pandemic, it seems that we have to wait for a few more years. Despite the melancholy the song gives I have high hopes that everyone will see each other again.

Jhenalyn’s Pick
Jhenalyn So
Tony Bennett's "Just In Time"

Captures the excitement and gratitude I feel, ending the year and starting a new one and knowing just where I’m going. It kind’a reminds me that no matter how challenging the year has been, things always find its way and love comes just in time from anyone when I need it.

Jose’s Pick
Jose Orlando Odono
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Frank Sinatra

The melody always gives me a feeling of being at peace. Moreover, the lyrics and the message speak to my heart, telling me that all my worries and fears are valid, but at least I can find comfort in these dark times. Not to mention that I always envision my family and myself enjoying a noche buena while listening to it.

Judy’s Pick
Judy Mayo
O Holy Night by Josh Groban

I’m always excited to hear the first Christmas song on the radio right after Halloween wraps up. But I don’t really tune in until mid- December, and I turn it up when I hear Josh Groban sing “O Holy Night.” What a voice. He can sing me a financial statement footnote and I’d be happy.

Karen’s Pick
Karen Jozwiak
Silent Night

A classic that always reminds me of midnight mass with family and friends on Christmas Eve.

Katie’s Pick
Katie LaVoy
It Must Be Santa by Bob Dylan

This is the song I love to play during the holidays. It’s a crazy take on a classic song and feels both festive and frantic, which is always how I feel during December!

Kimberly’s Pick
Kimberly Amsbary
Over the Hills and Through the Woods

The song reminds me of many cherished Christmas memories spent at my grandparents’ farm with a house full of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Lalaine’s Pick
Lalaine Bacea
Nights Like This by Kehlani

It adds to the sense of nostalgia that I always feel whenever the holidays are approaching. Aside from that, it also has a nice rhythm which makes it a perfect song to listen to while you’re gazing at the holiday decorations on the street.

Leslie’s Pick
Leslie Bellamy
Run DMC - Christmas in Hollis

I remember going to the local record store with my brother to get the ‘A Very Special Christmas’ cassette tape…specifically for this song. We listened to it over and over and over again to try and memorize the words and it drove my Mom crazy. I also love the video for Christmas In Hollis, MTV used to play it in heavy rotation during the holidays each year (when MTV used to actually play music!) and it is a classic. So good.

Lloyd’s Pick
Lloyd Cabasag
O Holy Night - Weezer’s Christmas album

Aside from it’s Christmas, Weezer is my fave band, so listening to it would be just like being at home this Christmas: just warm and full of celebration with your loved ones.

Mariann’s Pick
Mariann Yattaw
O Tannenbaum by The Vince Guaraldi Trio from A Charlie Brown Christmas

This song is the perfect complement to everything from grocery shopping to dinner with friends. The atmosphere immediately becomes warm and festive as soon as I hear it. The instrumental jazz vibe makes it both a classic and modern take on a traditional song. It’s just not Christmas without it.

Meredith’s Pick
Meredith Shaughnessy
The Nutcracker - March of the Toy Soldiers

It always ignites the holiday spirit in me. I still remember getting dressed up and attending a performance when I was 8 years old. Decades later, I brought daughter to her first performance. Still magical after all these years.

Michael’s Pick
Michael Gallo
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town - Bruce Springsteen

They call Bruce Springsteen “The Boss”. For a reason—and his version of “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” makes it easy to understand why.

Michelle’s Pick
Michelle Faranda
Over the Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

The ukulele version recorded by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, is a heartfelt version of an old classic. While not a holiday song, the emotional performance makes me feel both melancholy and hopeful, feelings I associate with the celebration of New Year’s Eve.

Nancy’s Pick
Nancy Mentesana
The Turtles - Happy Together

I realize this is not a Holiday Song, but I am appreciating the notion of “togetherness” more than I normally would. This Holiday Season, I plan on holding my loved ones a little closer for a little longer and savoring the good times. Also, just try not to sing along to this classic…I dare you! Happy Holidays!

Pierre’s Pick
Pierre Saddi
This Will Be Our Year- The Zombies

As we turn a corner on the previous year, it’s good time to thank those who helped us along the way, remind those we love how much we appreciate them, and turn our attention to the year ahead.

Rizza’s Pick
Rizza De Guzman
Dear Santa by Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun

Their vocal harmony, the overall vibe, and the upbeat music instantly puts me into a better mood. Hearing this song ultimately reminds me of the time when I was in college and got to meet some of the most awesome people with the same interests and passion in music as me.

Rochelle’s Pick
Rochelle Antido
New Year's Day by Taylor Swift

It’s after the after-party on New Year’s Day and who are going to stay with you on the very first hours of the very first day of the year to clean up the mess from the night before. I hope we always have people who will stay with us on every ending chapter of a part of our lives and to all of our day ones.

Romelie’s Pick
Romelie Mae Tamares
My Universe by Coldplay & BTS

This is my go-to song that bring positive vibes to me right now and I’d like to share it with you. It’s a fun, uplifting and upbeat collaboration song from by favorite bands. This song inspires people to work together even if they’re from different sides of the world – looking forward to another great year ahead. Happy holidays!

Ronnel’s Pick
Ronnel San Gabriel
12 days of Christmas - Chansons

This song reminds me of my childhood. My friends and I used to sing this song during Christmas carols.

Sara’s Pick
Sara McKinstry
Rocking Around the Christmas Tree, first recorded by Brenda Lee in 1958

It’s festive. And one year I changed the lyrics to be about all things “green” (as in eco-friendly) and won a podcast competition singing my rewritten rendition. So it holds a special place in my sustainability-loving and backup singer wannabe heart. (Adele, I’m waiting for your call.)

Sparky’s Pick
Michael "Sparky" D'Aquino
I Believe in Father Christmas by Greg Lake

It’s kind of a sad song actually – the lyrics have to do with the loss of childhood innocence and belief in Father Christmas (Santa Claus). But as we get older, we realize that Father Christmas is a symbol, a feeling. A feeling of forgiveness, acceptance, togetherness, peace, love, the joy of giving a gift instead of receiving one. These may be considered cliché expressions to describe the holiday season – but to me they are all true.